Chair as an Artwork. Galila’s Collection, Belgium

  • 2019-04-10
  • TBT Staff

Chair as an Artwork. Galila’s Collection, Belgium, a temporary exhibition for the Purvītis Prize 2019 project organised by the art and culture portal, will be on view in the vestibule on the 3rd floor of the main building of the Latvian National Museum of Art in Riga (Jaņa Rozentāla laukums 1) from 11 April to 12 May 2019.

By a way of mutual cooperation, the Latvian National Museum of Art (LNMA) and the art and culture portal offer an outstanding exhibition, which will show part of the chair collection of Galila Barzilaï-Hollander, member of the jury of the Purvītis Prize 2019. The exhibits constitute one out of over 20 other thematic and conceptual branches of her collection. The ceremonial and simultaneously versatile role of a chair serves as the conceptual background of the show, which explores how this simple object of everyday life regularly appeared in the works of various artists. “A chair is something very basic, it expresses togetherness. When you come in, there is this – take a seat. It’s like welcoming something. It has something to do with communication,” Galila Barzilaï-Hollander comments. “In my collection, the chairs are pure creative objects, all different and telling their personal story.”

The exhibition is visually presented as a large monolith installation, which highlights the individuality and uniqueness of each exhibit. The display was designed by Krišs Salmanis, one of the winners of the Purvītis Prize 2017. For this project, he drew inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s legendary film 2001: A Space Odyssey. Una Meistere, the director of, explains: “Arranged on the illuminated glass floor, the objects resemble an extravagant alien horde, which has just stepped out on the pedestal: independent, inspiring and full of creative recklessness. Therefore, the audience is offered two opportunities: to enjoy the installation as a whole, and at the same time examine each chair down to the smallest detail of their construction and artistic concept.” A total of 50 chairs have been selected for the exhibition, among them items made by such celebrated authors as Franz West, Hans-Peter Feldmann and industrial designer Ron Arad.

The venue for the exhibition is the Latvian National Museum of Art – one of the most representative buildings in the Park and Boulevard Circle area of Riga. The third-floor vestibule (approximately 120 m², ceiling height – 7 m) of the museum where the exhibition will be held is itself a symbol of valour and brilliance, and has always been a prime location for stately receptions and diplomatic dinners.


Bokkinga Sander, Ericson Johanna, Vanlian Vick, Munoz Lucas, Lee Kwangho, Marcon Marco, Vuerich Baptiste, Moises David, Swing Johnny, Remy Tejo, Regis-R, Fatoumata Ba Amadou, Rollins Caldwell Benjamin, Pagart Remy, Madabe Adam, Dumont Henri-François, Hjorth Eva, Linke Kai, Morellet François, Luiz Philippe, Fouts Nancy, Vanden Eynde Maarten, Lane Danny,
Mayor Julian, Peytavin Rejan, Zieta Oskar, Bohlin Jonas, Studio Job, West Franz, Arturo Felipe, Arnaud Eubelen, Borkenhagen Florian, Arad Ron, Dennier Boris, Price Tom, Bering Marcus, Rucli David, Heinz Julien, Burstein Eyal, Barzier-Jones Mark, Pesce Getano, Feldmann Hans-Peter.